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Early draft of the National Status Report on Biological Invasions in South Africa

Early draft of the National Status Report on Biological Invasions in South Africa

 

As you may be aware, the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI), in collaboration with the CIB DST-NRF Centre of Excellence for Invasion Biology (C•I•B) at Stellenbosch University, is currently in the process of compiling South Africa’s first National Status Report on Biological Invasions. SANBI invites comments on any part of the report by no later than 26 May 2017.

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Invitation to EAPs, developers, and Interested and Affected Parties (I&APS)

Invitation to EAPs, developers, and Interested and Affected Parties (I&APS)

 

Invitation to Environmental Assessment Practitioners (EAPS), Developers, And Interested and Affected Parties (I&APS) to attend a one day seminar to share information on the latest NEMA EIA legislation on 03 may 2017 at Steve Tshwete local municipality council chambers in Middelburg Mpumalanga Province starting at 8h30 for 9h00.

Draft National Biodiversity Offset Policy for public comment

Draft National Biodiversity Offset Policy for public comment

 

The aim of the National Biodiversity Offset Policy is to ensure that significant residual impacts of developments are remedied, as required by NEMA, thereby ensuring sustainable development takes place in line with the Constitutional Right to an environment that is not harmful to the health and well-being of all who live in South Africa.

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Request for previously disadvantaged individuals with access to land to register in database of biodiversity economy programme

Request for previously disadvantaged individuals with access to land to register in database of biodiversity economy programme

 

 

Previously disadvantaged individuals / communities with access to land with potential for game farming; communities with notable populations and distributions of indigenous plants, nurseries and / or processing facilities are requested to register in the database of the department.

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Biodiversity Economy at a glance

Biodiversity Economy at a glance

 

A bioprospecting commercial industry value chain was developed showing the key role players, from the resource to the end user. This value chain was used to describe the indigenous plant resources and bee products currently utilised in the formal commercial bioprospecting sector of South Africa.

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Notice of the procedure to be followed in applying for EA for public comments

Notice of the procedure to be followed in applying for EA for public comments

 

Minister of Edna Molewa has given notice of the procedure to be followed in applying for environmental authorisation, in terms of section 24(5) of the NEMA, 1998 and Regulation 15 of the EIA Regulations, 2014 for large scale wind and solar photovoltaic development activities. Members of the public are invited to submit to the Minister, within 30 days after the publication of this Notice.

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Operation Phakisa contributes to job creation in South Africa

Operation Phakisa contributes to job creation in South Africa

 


Oceans economy is important in catalysing economic growth and boosting job creation, as part of government's Nine Point Plan. Operation Phakisa is a major initiative by government to address the triple challenges of poverty, unemployment and inequality in South Africa.

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26 April 2017 - I am indeed truly humbled to address you as we conclude the programme of the 2nd Africa-China Youth Festival. I can attest from the onset that we have managed to build on the success of the inaugural Africa-China Youth Festival that was held in Beijing last year.


25 April 2017 - The Greenest Schools Programme is still in its infancy stage but our vision is to make ita leading environmental management and award initiative working with primary and high schools across the country. I am particularly pleased with the participation of so many primary and high school learners during the processes that led up to this point where we recognize and reward them for taking stewardship of their environment.


25 April 2017 - The Deputy Minister of Environmental Affairs, Ms Barbara Thomson, together with the Limpopo MEC for Economic Development, Environment and Tourism, Mr Seaparo Sekoati and the MEC for Education, Mr Ishmael Kgatjepe launched the inaugural South African Green Schools Programme (SAGSP) in Polokwane today, Tuesday 25 April 2017.


25 April 2017 - The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) today joins the rest of the world in commemorating the annual World Penguin Day. The Department, along with the management authorities (CapeNature, SANParks and Robben Island Museum), various stakeholders which includes academia, research institutions and NGOs have co-laboured to improve the status of the African Penguin and to safeguard the long-term survival of this species in the wild.


24 April 2017 - The Deputy Minister of Environmental Affairs, Ms Barbara Thomson, together with the Limpopo MEC for Economic Development, Environment and Tourism, Mr Seaparo Sekoati, will lead the inaugural South African Green Schools Programme prizes awards ceremony to be held on Tuesday 25 April 2017 in Polokwane, Limpopo Province.